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    One Civic Plaza,10th floor 
    Albuquerque, NM 87102
     
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    All Open Space Events, Programs and Meetings Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Health Emergency

    Due to the COVID-19 situation, all programs, events, and meetings on Open Space properties are canceled through May 1, 2020.
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    County Commission Approves Development Funding for Mid-North Valley Agro-Recreation Complex

    The Bernalillo County Commission approved $1.5 million for the planning and development for the Mid-North Valley Agro-Recreation Complex commonly known as Sandia Ranch.
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    Carlito Springs Open Space Project Phase Two Receives Funding

    County Commissioners approved funding for up to $2 million for phase two of the Carlito Springs Open Space renovations project in the East Mountains.
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    BernCo to Add Anderson Farm to its Open Space Inventory

    The County Commission passed a resolution on Aug. 20 approving the purchase of the 147.2 acre Anderson Farm Open Space property in the South Valley.
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    BernCo Adds 15 New Land Management Positions as Part of Glyphosate Replacement Option

    The BernCo Board of Commissioners approved a motion to hire 15 new full-time employees for the glyphosate replacement initiative.
    BernCo Adds 15 New Land Management Positions as Part of Glyphosate Replacement Option

    Carlito Springs Open Space Closed for Renovation

    Carlito Springs Open Space is closed until further notice for renovations. The project will involve improvements to the road leading to the spring, a potable water system, fire suppression and wastewater disposal system at the structures located at the spring along with a forest health plan.
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    BernCo’s Gutierrez-Hubbell House Joins National Register of Historic Places

    The Gutierrez-Hubbell House History and Cultural Center has been named to the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.

     

    Open Space Overview

    Bernalillo County Open Space provides a wide array of venues for individuals, families, and groups to enjoy our amazing scenery through biking, hiking, picnics, educational programs, farming and more throughout the managing and stewarding of 17 properties totaling approximately 1148 acres. The County has also had a key role in partnering for the acquisition of 4 other properties, which total 777 acres including the Valle del Oro National Urban Wildlife Refuge, the Los Ranchos Agri-nature Center and two properties owned and maintained by the City of Albuquerque in the Tijeras Canyon.

    Goals

    Per the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Facilities Master Plan (2015-2030), it is the goal of our department to develop facilities and environmental education programming throughout our open space and parks system where appropriate and when adequate resources are available. This is to support community health, increase the presence of community-based agriculture, and to preserve both cultural heritage and public art.

    Timeline

    Open Space has been growing up from being a group of activities under Parks and Recreation to maturing into an established area within the department. In 1998, a referendum passed to provide mill levy funds for the acquisition of Open Space lands. In 2008, the Open Space Program was formally instituted to provide educational and volunteer opportunities to the public. In 2014, a 15-year mill levy was passed by a large margin to enable to expand Open Space properties and programs. Between 2015 and 2018, the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Facilities Master Plan was adopted, Greenprint was finalized to provide a strategy for land prioritization, and Open Space staff completed strategic planning in order to develop a clear direction for the department in the years to come.

    This year, BernCo Open Space staff and partners are offering more public events than ever. Take advantage of these free events for all ages where you will have the opportunity to further explore and learn about public lands. Also, look for special memorabilia items only available this year at the public events.

    Vision Statement

    Bernalillo County Open Space strives to be a dynamic network of properties with important natural or cultural resources managed to benefit people, plants and wildlife by protecting and enhancing viewsheds, water resources, wildlife habitat, cultural/historic sites, and prime agricultural land; and providing resource-based recreation and environmental education.

     



    Questions, Comments, Concerns?

    We’re open on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., with exception for holidays and other special scheduling.

    Bernalillo County Open Space Department

    111 Union Square St. SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102

    505-314-0356 or openspace@bernco.gov


     

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    • Play, learn and explore with the entire family! There are two ways to participate, you choose: - Come inside to explore, learn, read, craft and experiment with us! - Sign out a nature backpack and head outside. Each pack is filled with guidebooks, tools and activities for explorers of all ages!
      Location:
      Bachechi Open Space, 9521 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
      Time:
      3/29/2020 12:00 PM - 3/29/2020 5:00 PM

    • Join us Mondays and Thursdays from 12 to 1:30 for Home School P.E. for kids ages 6-14. See fliyer for cost and semesters.
      Location:
      Los Vecinos Community Center, 478 and a half, Old Highway 66, Tijeras
      Time:
      3/30/2020 12:00 PM - 3/30/2020 1:30 PM

    • Children ages 6-14 are invited to join us for Home School Arts & Crafts at Los Vecinos Community Center Mondays and Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
      Location:
      Los Vecinos Community Center, 478 1/2 Old Hwy 66, Tijeras
      Time:
      3/30/2020 1:30 PM - 3/30/2020 2:30 PM

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